HILLSBORO, OR – (March 12, 2018) – Oregon’s 89-year-old specialty condiment manufacturer is celebrating the recent announcement that its Beaver Brand™ Extra Hot Horseradish is the recipient of a ChefsBest® 2018 Award of Excellence.  The Beaver Brand™ is the No. 1 selling horseradish in the country and the brand is the top selling specialty branded mustard in the West*.

ChefsBest® identifies and honors the best-tasting grocery products to support the companies that make them and the people who choose to select them.  By utilizing a proprietary judging process called SAQA®, “Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis,” the ChefsBest Certified Master Tasters® identify high quality and best-tasting food, which can result in one of three awards.  The ChefsBest® Excellence Award is awarded to brands that surpass quality standards established by independent professional chefs.

Domonic Biggi, CEO of Beaverton Foods, said he is thrilled with the honor.  He added that he intends to highlight it with changes to the product label in the new year.

“Earning this honor from professional chefs in the industry is a true testament to the quality of our products we make here at our fourth generation, family business,” Biggi said.  “It was an extensive, but worthwhile process to receive the ChefsBest® Excellence Award.  The Extra Hot Horseradish is one of many award-winning products that my Dad has developed using his gift of creating innovative and great-tasting specialty condiments.”

The Beaver Brand Extra Hot Horseradish comes in two retail sizes: 4 oz. and 8.5 oz.; selling for $1.99 and $2.99 respectively.  Foodservices sizes are available for restaurants and other institutional uses.

Beaverton Foods’ Inglehoffer brand is the No. 1 selling specialty branded mustard in the US and it’s the second leading shelf-stable horseradish in the US*.

It is the largest Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified processor of authentic wasabi products in North America.  The company offers a variety of best-selling gourmet sauces, garlic, spices, and other unique specialty condiments packaged under these labels: Beaver, Inglehoffer, Napa Valley, Tulelake, Pacific Farms and Charlie’s Salsa.  In addition to its brands, the company develops, produces and co-packs a wide range of products for companies in the US and abroad.

About Beaverton Foods:

Since 1929, the privately held Beaverton Foods has thrived by following wholesome business practices set in place by Founder Rose Biggi (pronounced Bee Gee).  What started in Rose’s basement, grinding and bottling homegrown horseradish roots, has now grown to a family owned, multimillion dollar corporation with more than 150 specialty condiments.  These products are sold in mainstream grocery and specialty foods stores, restaurants, and gourmet shops throughout the US and in 12 foreign countries.

Today, Rose’s son Gene Biggi serves as company Chairman.  CEO Domonic Biggi refers to his father as the “Maestro of Mustard” and “Master Innovator.”  Gene Biggi first developed his palate for developing unique specialty condiments from his mother Rose’s kitchen as a kid.  He was the first in the nation to develop and bottle Chinese Hot Mustard and Honey Mustard.  Domonic says his father is actively involved in all new product development.  Fourth generation Jeff Biggi says of his grandfather: “He is self-made … he created the category niches; there was no jalapeno, fruit or whole grain categories when he started developing mustards in the 1950s.”

Industry professionals share the same sentiments about Gene Biggi.  National Mustard Museum Curator Barry Levenson called Gene “fearless” in the art of mustard making.  “Gene Biggi never ceases to amaze me,” he noted.  “He still comes up with new mustard flavors that seem to anticipate the hottest trends in taste.  Gene is not only imaginative; he is also fearless.  Not every flavor will take off, but he is willing to commit to adventurous flavors.”

The company has 70 employees at its 70,000-square-foot headquarters based in Hillsboro, Oregon.  In addition to its HACCP program the fourth-generation family owned company also has the following certifications: kosher, organic, gluten free and SQF (Safe Quality Food).  For more information, call (503) 646-8138 or visit www.beavertonfoods.com.  Orders can be made online or by calling (800) 223-8076.

*I.R.I., Total US Food, 52 weeks ending Oct. 8, 2017